The daughter of cricketing legend Shane Warne has called a TV miniseries that will dramatize her life “beyond disrespect”.
Warne’s sudden death from a suspected heart attack on the Thai island of Koh Samui in March shocked the cricketing world, particularly in Australia where he was considered one of the country’s greatest sportsmen.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Australia’s Channel 9 confirmed plans for a two-part miniseries titled “Warnie” that will document the spinner’s life.
Channel 9 called it’s a “fitting tribute to one of the greatest Australians of all time, the Aussie larrikin who lived and loved big” in what he describes as “the unmissable dramatic event of 2023”.
But Brooke Warne, Warne’s eldest daughter, called the series callous.
“Do any of you have any respect for Dad?” Or his family? she wrote on an Instagram Story. “Who has done so much for Channel Nine and now you want to dramatize his life and our families [sic] life 6 months after his death? You are beyond disrespect.
In June, Warne’s longtime manager James Erskine slammed the plans for the biopic, calling it a “shame”.
“He’s only been dead a few months and for them to turn it around and think of doing something sensational, well, they should be ashamed of themselves,” Erskine told the Herald Sun.
“I will write to Peter Costello because he is their president and I will tell him, please explain. Why would Nine go there? It’s a shame and I will certainly make my voice heard.
Channel 9’s announcement comes a day after what would have been Warne’s 53rd birthday. Brooke took to Instagram to mark the day, saying, “Today will always be your day.”
Channel Nine sent a statement to CNN saying: “Our Warnie miniseries, we know, will be a celebration of the life of an extraordinary Australian – a man who lived his life great and loved passionately. We have tremendous respect for Shane and all of his achievements, and we hope that all Australians, including Warnie’s family, will feel that the program honors his legacy and his life.
Warne was one of cricketers greatest ever, reinventing the art of leg spin bowling and dominating Australia for around 15 years.
He had 708 Test wickets to his name – the most for an Australian and second all-time behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
He was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World three times and one of Wisden’s five cricketers in the 20th century. As a legacy, Warne’s is second to none – the sport’s greatest leg player.
Perhaps his greatest moment came in the 1993 Ashes series against England when he delivered ‘the ball of the century’ to completely bamboozle Mike Gatting. Video of the delivery was widely shared on social media as news of his death spread.
Following his death, tens of thousands of fans gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to say goodbye to ‘Spin King’ Warne at a state memorial service for great cricket.